dandelion

[ dan-dl-ahy-uh n ]
/ ˈdæn dlˌaɪ ən /
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noun

a weedy composite plant, Taraxacum officinale, having edible, deeply toothed or notched leaves, golden-yellow flowers, and rounded clusters of white, hairy seeds.
any other plant of the genus Taraxacum.

Origin of dandelion

1505–15; < Middle French, alteration of dent de lion, literally, tooth of (a) lion, translation of Medieval Latin dēns leōnis, in allusion to the toothed leaves
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dandelion

/ (ˈdændɪˌlaɪən) /

noun

a plant, Taraxacum officinale, native to Europe and Asia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having yellow rayed flowers and deeply notched basal leaves, which are used for salad or wine: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of several similar related plants

Word Origin for dandelion

C15: from Old French dent de lion, literally: tooth of a lion, referring to its leaves
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